When Sadness Comes to Call
When Sadness Comes to Call it can feel overwhelming. It seems like a huge shadow ‘follows you around/ And sits so close to you that you can hardly breathe.‘ Furthermore ‘Sadness arrives unexpectedly‘ without warning.
Eva Eland’s classic picture book is direct and knowing in its text and message. Therefore we feel her empathy. This is extends through her limited colour palette and indefinite settings and characterisation. There is an ‘every person’ sense to her impression.
Like No Longer Alone or Everyone Walks Away reading this book hurts. We are left with lumps in our throat of recognition and a need to support. That’s When Sadness Comes to Call is meant to do. It’s also meant to help, for listening, recognising, nurturing and taking time might mean that on a new day, Sadness has disappeared.
Winer of the Klaus Flugge Prize for Illustration